How Can We Better Identify Mesorectal Fascia Involvement?

  • Brunella Barbaro


The mesorectal fascia (MRF), or visceral layer of the endopelvic fascia, encircles the rectum and the mesorectal fat, nodes, and lymphatic vessels to form a distinct anatomic unit, called the mesorectum. The MRF runs along the anterior aspect of the sacrum, where it fuses with the presacral fascia, and then laterally on either side of the rectum. Anteriorly in males, it forms a dense band of connective tissue posterior to the seminal vesicle and prostate gland called the Denonvilliers’ fascia [1].


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Catholic University - School of Medicine - Fondazione Policlinico Universitario A. GemelliRomeItaly

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